A campaign is underway to get 10,000 signatures to pressure authorities into passing tougher laws to fight domestic abuse.
The initiative by Girlfriend Get a Life Radio Show & CITA Radio began on Saturday with a march and prayer from Queen’s Park to Heroes Square.
Organiser Carita Dee estimates that more than 500 people, most of them women, attended.
“Our intention is not just to make it a one time event as far as signatures are concerned. We intend to go out into the communities over and over again,” she told Barbados TODAY, adding that they would begin tabulating the signatures received so far on Monday.
“We’re also working along with some lawmakers, who will then attach their signatures to the proposition so that it can be much more impactful.”
Among those present was the mother of the 23-year-old Guyanese woman, whose body was discovered yesterday morning in Vaucluse, St Thomas.
“What was really inspiring was that Jacqueline [Gibbs], mother of Onicka Gulliver was there and brought her family to walk and support,” Dee said.
“This march was 100 per cent designed to bring awareness to the fact that several women now haven’t just died but it’s all about murder.”
While suggesting that the domestic violence situation in Barbados has become a pandemic, Dee encouraged residents to be more sensitive about the scourge, and to be their brother’s keeper.
“If you hear or see domestic abuse, pick up your phone and call the police or you can pray,” she advised.